Robinson Weekly Memo

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Principal Note

Good afternoon! I hope that you all have had a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and time off this past week. As we enter this next nine weeks, I have encourage our parents and students to keep up with their work assignments and grades by logging into the PowerSchool Parent and Student Portals. In addition to the Parent Portals, they have also been reminded to utilize PlanetHS to get reminders and updates for all athletic teams and activity groups. If you are coaching or sponsoring a winter activity group or sport this nine weeks, you will want to make sure that you are encouraging your teams and parents to create an account and to follow your group. Several fall sports teams have sent out arrival reminders to parents when leaving away events. This has been greatly appreciated by parents and is easy thing to do from a mobile device.


Also, I have reminded them about the behavior and academic expectation in place for all of our major trips, such as, the 8th grade DC and Day Trips, 7th Grade Day Trips, and 6th Grade Camp Explore Trips, Band, Orchestra, and Choir Trips. They were told to contact their child's team or homeroom teacher to discuss these expectations further if they are unsure of the guidelines. It was also reiterated that these trips are a privilege for us to offer; however, the students are expected to meet the "Robinson Way" Expectations at both school and on any trips whether it be a field trip, athletic event, or special community event.


Finally, I want to thank you for a wonderful first quarter! I know that it has not been completely stress-free; however, we are so blessed to have a staff that is so dedicated to making RNR a great place to learn, grow, and work! This is only possible because of your commitment to bond as a school family and to provide our students with a world-class education! A special thanks to all of our staff members who volunteered their time to coach, run the scoreboard and collect money for the RNR/Sevier game - it was truly a community effort!


Thanks again,

Brian

School Dance - Thursday, October 20 from 6-8:00 PM

If any of you are interested in volunteering - we are in need of 3-4 teachers to help manage the crowd.
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Health Insurance Voting

This is to provide clarification and answers to questions that came up during insurance meetings:


HEALTH COACHES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED IN 2017 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE PREMIUM DISCOUNT ON THE STATE’S PARTNERSHIP PROMISE PLAN (unless you have an identified disease management issue).


- Several employees had questions around the requirement for health coaches if they wanted to receive the premium discount under the State of Tennessee’s partnership plan (the “wellness” plan).

- The state is not requiring members to participate in the coaching calls for the 2017 plan year, unless you are identified with one of the following 5 chronic conditions: diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF) and coronary artery disease (CAD).

- Please refer to the “2017 Partnership Promise Requirements” for more details on this plan. These requirements can be found under the staff only link on the KCS website or on the State’s Partners for Health website.

ABSENTEE VOTING

- Several employees have asked about absentee voting.

- I am accepting votes via email from employees who will not be present at a voting location on October 19th.

- Votes will be kept confidential and a ballot cast with the vote you indicate to me. Ballots do not contain names.

- If you feel comfortable sending a vote to me via email, please indicate the following:

o YES : Voting yes to return to the state plan

o NO: Voting no, do not return to the state plan. Remain self-insured with KCS.


Alternatively, we will accept votes in the HR department on October 17th, 18th and 19th (the week of the vote). You can cast these in person and they will be held in the voting box in our office until counted.

Counselor Spotlight

Robinson Counselors are currently spending time in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classrooms each month to implement the concepts from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.


The schedule is as follows:

October: The Setup: Habits & Paradigms and Principles

November: Your Personal Bank Account & Habit 1: Be Proactive

December: Habit 2-Begin with the End in Mind

January: Habit 3-Put First Things First

February: Habits 4 & 5 -Think Win-Win & Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

March: Habits 6 & 7- Synergize and Sharpen the Saw


Please keep an eye out for the “Counselor Spotlight” each week as we plan to share more information about each habit and conversation topics you can use to support discussion and extension activities in the classroom.

PD Opportunity

The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission is hosting a series of training summits across the state for elementary and middle school teachers (K-8 only). On October 22, the Commission will be hosting a summit near you.

The summit will be held in Blountville, TN on Saturday October 22 at Northeast State Community College. The training is completely FREE to you, including lunch and parking. You will leave the summit with:

· A free set of curriculum and materials for your classroom

· A $50 Amazon gift card upon completion of a post-summit survey

· A certificate of completion that can be used for professional education credits as permitted by each district


Every teacher who attends a TNFLC Summit will be trained in the nationally recognized Financial Fitness for Life® curriculum developed by the Council for Economic Education. The curriculum is designed to be easily integrated into your existing elementary and middle school curriculum.


Attendees will also enjoy a special presentation by Empower Retirement with steps you can take in your own lives be Retire Ready. As an active member of the State's retirement plan, which includes participation in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System and the ability to participate in the Deferred Comp 401k plan, you will have the added benefit of a group discussion with our retirement specialists and learn valuable steps you can take toward your retirement planning.

More information about the Commission and registration for each Teacher Training Summit is available on our website at www.TNFLC.org. We hope to see you in Blountville or at any one of our upcoming 2016 summits! Please feel free to call or email TNFLC staff with any questions you may have about the summit or to learn more about the efforts of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. TNFLC staff can be reached at (615) 532-5892 and/or tn.flc@tn.gov.

Upcoming Events


Monday, Oct. 17:

  • Students and staff return from Fall Break
  • Science Collaboratives
  • Math RTI Meetings


Tuesday, Oct. 18:

  • Bridge Club 3-4:00 PM
  • Swim Practice 3-4:00 PM @ D-B
  • Social Studies Collaboratives
  • ELA RTI Meetings


Wednesday, Oct. 19:

  • Insurance Vote - all eligible voters (full-time employees are encouraged to vote)
  • FCA Meeting in Library 7:15 AM
  • JROTC - Exhibition Demo 3-4:00 PM
  • Girls Basketball Parent Meeting 5:00 PM
  • Dr. Cinnamon will be doing a walk-throughs 8:30-10:00 AM
  • 6th Grade ELA Collaborative with Sevier @ RNR (Office Conference Room)


Thursday, Oct. 20:

  • Dr. Ailshie will be in the building most of the morning
  • Picture Day - Retakes and Individual Band Photos
  • Sparkle Squad 3:15 -4:00 PM @ D-B
  • Swim Practice 3-4:00 PM @ D-B
  • School Dance 6-8:00 PM (Large Gym)
  • BOE work session rescheduled meeting - 6:00 PM @ ASC
  • 6th Grade Math Collaborative with Sevier @ RNR (Office Conference Room)


Friday, Oct. 21:

  • Holiday Project Staff Luncheon sponsored by the PTSA
  • KCS Insight Meeting 8 - 12:00 PM @ RNR (Several Community Members and ASC Staff will be here for this event - we will be touring sometime throughout the morning)
  • Swim Practice - 5-6:00 PM @ DB


Monday, Oct. 24:

  • 8th Grade Visit to DB CTE 8:20-2:15 PM
  • Math & Science Collaboratives


Tuesday, Oct. 25:

  • Bridge Club 3-4:00 PM
  • Swim Practice 3-4:00 PM @ D-B
  • ELA & Social Studies Collaboratives
  • Fall Sports Banquet for Cross-Country, Football, & Volleyball - 5:30 PM @ RNR


Wednesday, Oct. 26:

  • FCA Meeting in Library 7:15 AM
  • JROTC - Exhibition Demo 3-4:00 PM
  • 7th Grade Team 1 to Wonderworks
  • 6th Grade Science Collaborative with Sevier @ RNR (Office Conference Room)


Thursday, Oct. 27:

  • Sparkle Squad 3:15 -4:00 PM @ D-B
  • Swim Practice 3-4:00 PM @ D-B
  • 7th Grade Team 3 to Wonderworks
  • 6th Grade SS Collaborative with Sevier @ RNR (Office Conference Room)


Friday, Oct. 28:

  • 7th Grade Team 2 to Wonderworks
  • Swim Practice 5-6:00 PM @ D-B

RNR vs Sevier Game Highlights